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I-290 Drive-in

aka Young Street Drive-in

Status: Demolished
Location: 800 Young Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Screens: 1
Capacity: 700 cars
Original owner: Built by Harry Berkson & Nathan Dickman.
Opening date: September 15, 1965
Final season: 1984
What's there now: BJ'S Wholesale Club.

This page was last updated on February 12, 2010.

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Topo map from 1995, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Aerial image from 1965, courtesy Dominic Scalzo. Aerial image from 1966, courtesy HistoricAerials.com. Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth.
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Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Grand opening tonight ad from the Buffalo Evening News on September 15, 1965. Now open ad from the Buffalo Evening News on September 18, 1965. Article from Boxoffice Magazine on September 27, 1965.
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I-290 Drive-in re-naming ad from the Buffalo Evening News on July 1, 1966. Former I-290 Drive-in entrance is now the entrance to the Youngman Development Park, image from 2007 courtesy of Rick Cohen. Former I-290 Drive-in is now the mostly occupied by a BJ's Wholesale Club, image from 2007 courtesy of Rick Cohen.  

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I remember the Drive-In being next to Fun 'n Games amusement Park and arcade and Twin Fair Department store. There was a playground at the drive-in and I remember my parents allowing us to play in it without their direct supervision, in our pjs. It was a different time.
#1 - Lisa MacKay - 11/23/2010 - 00:10
I remember seeing "Bambi" at the 290. It had to be the summer of 1966. My mom was a cashier at both the sheridan and transit drive-ins.
#2 - Bonnie Somerville - 12/09/2010 - 05:08
I remember going there when it was open. When I mentioned it to my older brothers they didn't remember at all. Thanks for proving me right
#3 - Paul Ferrari - 02/20/2011 - 20:59
I remember Fun n Games like it was yesterday. Spent many Friday nights there playing. Miniature golf, batting cages, swinging gyms!!! Then catching a movie.. Monty python's Holy Grail was one of the best!!,
#4 - Tiki-d - 12/19/2012 - 17:51
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